The tutor tells how to convert an angle from degrees to rads, or back, on various Sharps. On the Sharps I know, there is a button that has DRG above it. Pressing 2ndF, then that key, toggles the user between …

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The tutor shows an example to find the equation of a quadratic function from three points. The method is to construct and solve a three-variable linear system. Example: Find the quadratic function that passes through the points (2,17), (6,5), and …

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The tutor shows how to easily solve a two-variable linear system with the amazing Sharp el-520w. Let’s imagine you’re posed the following problem: Solve the linear system: (2/3)x – (1/5)y = 2 -4x + 3y = 6 With the Sharp …

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The tutor shares a recent discovery. Imagine you want to calculate 8/2×4 The answer should be 1, of course: in a fraction, there are unwritten brackets around the numerator and around the denominator. Unless you have a calculator that accepts …

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The tutor tells another useful feature of the Sharp EL-520W: its built-in gravity constants. Maybe you’re in high school physics, so you’re doing calculations related to gravity. You might be using the Earthbound formula F=mg, or the universal one, F=Gm1m2/r2. …

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The tutor shares how to find the derivative with the Sharp EL-520W. To my knowledge, the Sharp EL-520W won’t give the symbolic derivative. Rather (as you’d likely expect anyway), it evaluates a function’s derivative at the x value the user …

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The tutor shows another feature of the Sharp EL-520W: simulation calculation, aka repetitive calculations with a formula. Let’s imagine you’re a middle school math teacher who wants to do a lesson about Pythagorean triples: you want sets of values a, …

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The tutor shows the easy definite integral function on the Sharp EL-520W. While indefinite integrals such as ∫(xsinx)dx remain out of reach from calculators I know, the definite integral ∫0Π(xsinx)dx is easy to find on the Sharp EL-520W. You want …

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The tutor continues to find handy features on the Sharp EL-520W.  Today: probability associated with the normal distribution. The Sharp EL-520W just keeps on giving.  Sometimes I wonder, “Will it do that?” Usually, it turns out that it does. Relating …

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